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Unfortunately for the commuters who lost their lives when the bridge collapsed, the engineer was not honest at the preliminary public safety commission hearing, when he was questioned about the structure’s weight-bearing abilities.

1. was not honest
2.was not
3.was honest
4.had not been honest
5.had not been being honest
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Re: SC-Engineer [#permalink] New post 07 May 2009, 05:17
IMO A.

2.was not was not what??
3.was honest was not honest is needed to support "unfortunately"
4.had not been honest past-perfect not required
5.had not been being honest past-perfect not required
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Re: SC-Engineer [#permalink] New post 07 May 2009, 08:48
4. had not been

Preliminary happened before the bridge collapsed
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Re: SC-Engineer [#permalink] New post 07 May 2009, 10:35
Yep, D for the same reason as above.
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Re: SC-Engineer [#permalink] New post 07 May 2009, 19:04
If preliminary hearing happened before the accidentthen why does the sentence state "he was questioned" . This should have also been in past perfect.

IMO prelimary hearing occurred after the accident during the investigation stage.
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Re: SC-Engineer [#permalink] New post 08 May 2009, 07:47
IMO A

Unfortunately for the commuters who lost their lives when the bridge collapsed, the engineer was not honest at the preliminary public safety commission hearing, when he was questioned about the structure’s weight-bearing abilities.

1. was not honest --> best. He might not be honest at the pre commission hearing because there he was asked about the problem. So, past tense is best fit
2.was not --> nonsense
3.was honest --> wrong meaning
4.had not been honest --> he can't be honest before he was asked, because the first is an action happened after the second
5.had not been being honestsame as D
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Re: SC-Engineer [#permalink] New post 12 May 2009, 10:22
Perfect tense should be avoided in this sentence....B and C ae changing the meaning..So I'll go with A....
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Re: Unfortunately for the commuters who lost their lives when [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2012, 13:15
according to ron, the use of past perfect is correct. his dishonesty at the hearing came before "lost their lives"
BUT the non-underlined part should say 'had been questioned'.

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